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Indie88 Premiere: Canadian indie-rock duo Softcult feel out of control on new single ‘Perfect Blue’

Canadian indie rockers Softcult have shared a video for their new single, “Perfect Blue,” premiering now on Indie88.

The track comes from their forthcoming EP, Year of the Snake. Softcult, made up of twin sisters Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-Horn, sing about feeling out of control on the new track. With powerful harmonies and gloomy melodies, this track is all about wanting control over your own creative expression.

“We wrote ‘Perfect Blue’ about a time in our lives when we felt like nothing was in our control,” Mercedes Arn-Horn explains. “In our previous project, we were signed to a label that butted heads with us creatively and wasn’t allowing us to express ourselves authentically. They weren’t interested in the music we were creating at the time, so we became unhealthily obsessed with trying to please them to release anything at all.”

Watch the video for “Perfect Blue” below.

“It felt as though we were putting on an act to survive,” Phoenix Arn-Horn adds. “We didn’t feel like our art was representing us. There was a lot we wanted to say, but it was being stifled. We felt like we’d lost our integrity. The song is a reminder to empower yourself by standing up for what you believe in, or risk losing yourself altogether.”

About the new Softcult video:

The accompanying video sees Softcult performing in front of blue lighting. It comes interspersed with visuals of someone shedding their skin, making for a truly poignant clip.

“I wanted the viewer to feel like they are entering the mind of someone who is watching themselves transform, powerless to stop their metamorphosis,” Mercedes explains of the video. “I clearly remember times in my life when I felt pressure to become a version of myself that others wanted me to be, but that version wasn’t authentic to who I was. I felt like I was losing my integrity and my sense of self. I’d look at myself in the mirror and be disgusted at what I saw, unattached to who. I had become. There’s a vibe of health anxiety, dysphoria, dissociation, a little horror element in there that I wanted to capture with the visuals. The skin peeling scenes are meant to elicit those feelings, like a snake shedding its skin.”

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